Hey so my brother posted this to facebook. I’d love your take on it. I don’t agree with him, as spider-man has a REASON to be in that pose, as his powers include climbing walls, and he has to cling that way to keep him where he is, whereas Spider-woman’s powers and location have NO need for it.
My first impulse when I got this question was to write out all the things this guy’s whining about and translating it into what he actually means. The problem with this approach is that it won’t help. It won’t change his mind, or that of those who agree with him, and would only serve to fuel a flame war, and that’s the opposite of what I want this page to be about.
I will say this: Maddox is entitled to his opinion and he has used a public forum to state it. Therefore, his opinion is open for criticism. My biggest problem with his opinion is that his entire premise is:
"I don’t have a problem with this cover, so you shouldn’t either. If you do, you’re an idiot or a prude, or both."
He also calls in several false equivalences. The picture of the cover of Spider-Man is one where the superhero’s acting like a spider, not a sexdoll. He also completely discredits the opinion of those who were upset, disturbed or otherwise offended by this cover. And because he has a handful of Spider-Man butt pictures, that somehow invalidates the gazillion pieces of art where women are T&A before anything else. His redraw takes Spider-Man (whose bulge is barely defined, really) and turns him into Spider-Woman’s camel toe. So he took a non-sexual image and made an exaggeratedly sexual one in response, proving… that he’s completely missed the point.
Oh, I also need to point out how he both tries to shame his opponents by calling them prudes for trying to take sexuality out of the women in comics, but at the same time tells us that sexualisation is in our heads and thus we’re perverts for seeing sex where there is none. And the irony doesn’t even register.
Anyway, my basic rebuttal of the webpage on which the video is attached is we can choose to vote with our dollars, but thanks to the internet, we also can send our messages to the creators of those things we want to purchase, and let them know when they advertise something, “yes we like this and we will buy it” or “no, we don’t like this, change it so we will be more likely to buy it”. I feel this kind of opportunity is one we SHOULD take, but that option seems to be lost on this guy.
Basically, this guy’s a blatant example of male privilege at work, with the backlash of “women want to take my stuff away” (especially obvious in his last paragraph). There’s nothing I can say or show that will change his mind, because it’s already made up.
And that’s sad.